Thanks for the gentle reminder Stu. The Man With No Name is a member of the Grampian Classic club, and while we were at the Buckie show, he very very very kindly offered to have a look at Terry the Terrier's frame to assess the situation with the lugs for the plungers. I dropped the frame off to him a few days before the Stafford show and after a quick look at it, he suggested that he might make a threaded insert for it, if I were to be able to get the new rods at the show.
So, fast forward to the show, I didn't get the rods because I left it a little late to get in touch with Greystone Enterprises, suppliers of Cub and Terrier spares, to ask them to take a few bits and pieces there for me (to avoid paying postage, scrooge!), so it was back to the Man With No Name empty handed. No matter, an offer from TMWNN and another kind soul to simply make me some new rods, made my day. How good is that? So now you know why I have to call him the Man With No Name, cos if the whole world knew who he was, you'd all be wanting parts made! Ah yes, summat else, in a spare moment between his other engineering jobs, he also cleaned out some of the other threads on Terry and turned a few TITANIUM bolts for me. Teehee, well if nothing else, this is gonna be one light weight little light weight.
The next bit that could prove difficult, is finding the little aluminium fork that fits on the left hand rod. Greystones didn't have any at the show, and don't have any in stock, so in an idle bit of chit chat to the Man With No Name, I suddenly had a bright idea - I know a man who works at a foundry. Ah, bingo! I am fortunate to have a spare fork on another frame, but it would be pointless to use that on Terry, then have to find one for that frame in the future, so an email with pics of what I need has been sent, all fingers are crossed that the man can make such a thing.